Research funding

The CHO has recently funded two studies:

1)  Systematic review and meta-analysis of published trials on the effectiveness of healing – Professor Chris Roe and colleagues, University of Northampton

This work involved identifying all published trials on healing in both human and non-human living systems, and combining the outcomes data to calculate the overall effects of healing in a variety of different contexts.  The same literature iwas examined more generally, to try to find common narratives and conclusions from the different studies and research teams.

This project was published in the peer-reviewed online publication Explore: Journal of Science and Healing in October 2014. A summary and the full article can be downloaded on our site at:

2)   A study of healers and their clients in the UK – The Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO)

This study, published in the peer-reviewed publication "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice", was run by the CHO’s own research subcommittee under the guidance of Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Exeter Medical School.  It aimed to identify the various healing organisations in the UK and survey them and their members to get an overview of the size and scope of healing practices being undertaken in the UK, who is doing healing, and who their clients are, with a view to increasing and improving the public perception of healing.  The study may be a prelude to a larger observational study of healing outcomes.

Please also see summary and full article at: